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Closer to Nothing: Review of Double or Nothing

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Publication Date: October 2005

Publisher(s): Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs

Author(s): Shalom Freedman

Series: Jewish Political Studies Review, 17:3-4, Fall 2005

Special Collection: Berman Jewish Policy Archive

Topic: Culture and religion (Religion and religious groups)

Keywords: Publications; Demography; Assimilation; Intermarriage

Type: Book review

Coverage: United States

Abstract:

The author review's Sylvia Barack Fishman's "Double or Nothing: Jewish Families and Mixed Marriage", a study of intermarried (Jewish-Gentile) couples and their children in the United States. The author outlines the book's major conclusions, including the diagnosis that intermarriage does not cause declining Jewish identity -- rather, the reverse is true. The author also criticizes the book, claiming that it appears to base its conclusions on some premises which are themselves assimilationist.